Senate committee passes GOP sulfide mining bill on party-line vote

A bill that would end the so-called moratorium on sulfide mining in the state cleared a Senate committee this afternoon on a 3-2 party-line vote.
Members also signed off on a series of GOP amendments on mostly party-line votes seeking to address various concerns posed during the public hearing on the GOP bill last month.
Among the six amendments the committee approved are two that deal with concerns surrounding the “irrevocable trust in perpetuity” that the original bill would have done away with.
Current law looks to ensure sulfide mine permits applicants create and maintain a trust in order ...

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